Acreage For Future Residential Development Go To Homestead
By Victor Cruz
Homestead has annexed 400 acres along its northern border, setting the stage for a boost in tax revenues two to three years down the road if the land is developed for homes.
The Miami-Dade County Commission tacked the land onto the city Tuesday with Natacha Seijas dissenting. She cited conflicting population figures for the area compiled by county staffers – some said the area had a population of 0, others said 33.
A third of the land, now in the hands of 10 separate landowners, is zoned for low-density residential use and is expected to see development soon, said Timothy Williams, who said his family owns a large chunk of the land and that he represented other affected landowners.
"Now we have to go through the approval process through the City of Homestead," Mr. Williams said.
Homestead City Manager Curt Ivy said that ideally development could begin after three years. Taxes, he said, would help ease the city’s financial crisis. The city’s projected budget shortfall has resulted in the possibility of a state taking over its finances.
A likely scenario for some of that land would be 100 homes valued at about $100,000, Mr. Ivy said.
Homestead city planner C. Sergio Purrinos said any development of the area would be "a mirror image" of what is outlined in the county’s 20-year master plan.
"We intend to work with the county’s plans for the area," he said.